Tomorrow (7/25) approximately 20,000 people will be heading to Seaside Park in Bridgeport, CT for the 18th annual Gathering of the Vibes. You can visit the festival for the day or be one of the 10,000 people who camp out for all 4 days! There will be 40+ headliners preforming on 3 different stages including the School of Rock Teen Vibes Stage, which is new this year.
Today, I got to visit for a little sneak peek and see just what goes into such a massive music & camping festival.
First, we got to meet with Chris Hubbard the productions manager, Bill Evans and Emmy award-winning saxophonist who will be sitting in with various performers throughout the festival, Ken Hays who founded the festival, Jen Durkin, lead singer of Deep Banana Blackout and Todd Stoops who will be performing with Kung Fu and Borboletta.
Ken told us how the City of Bridgeport and FEMA worked hard to get Seaside Park back to a functioning space after Hurricane Sandy hit last summer. They made sure the seawall was permanently repaired and not just temporarily patched up.
Bill, Jen & Todd, who will all be performing at the Vibes this year, spoke about what they felt the best part of the festival’s music was – when artists spontaneously collaborate on songs. Todd told us he had eleven, yes eleven, super secret special guests coming out during his set! – Not to be missed!
Next, Chris took us over to the main stage to see where (and how!) the magic happens! Workers were busy installing state-of-the-art sound and light equipment. They work hard to make sure you have the same experience whether you are in the front row or the back row. Plus, it isn’t super loud on the stage which can be distracting to the artists performing. He also explained that he tries to source everything needed from in or as close as possible to Bridgeport! I love that!
Afterwards, we walked around the grounds. There were a ton of food trucks and vendors setting up, beautiful banners strung up in the trees and a beacon light being set up in a small light house to shine a different picture each night!
We also learned about everything they have to offer for families & children. There is a parents lounge, family yoga, a children’s parade, face painting, hair wrapping, crafts, kids entertainment & more! There is even a designated family camping area and a child safety registration. Plus, Sunday is Family Day! Children 15 & under are free and all Connecticut residents receive a $10 discount on tickets.
I also got to meet another Connecticut blogger, Jenna from CT Ain’t So Bad. She will be camping out all weekend and had some awesome equipment to capture all the fun, so be sure to check out her blog!